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with Jim Daly Q: I’ve been out of college for four years, and I’m watching many of my peers getting everything they want — good jobs, nice homes, world travel, etc. But they still seem unhappy, at least to me. Am I weird for wanting to take things slower? Jim: We’re surrounded by the danger signs of a world moving too fast. From microwaves to fast food, computers to mobile phones, we’ve become accustomed to easy and immediate results. The demand to produce more in less time is increasing, and the ingredients we need to live wellrounded lives are being stripped away. That brings problems. The first is an attitude of impatience and entitlement. Our society wants what it wants, and it wants it right now. We’ve forgotten that authentic success can’t be rushed; it often takes hard work over a long period of time. But when people lose sight of this, they take shortcuts to achieve maximum results with minimal effort. Consider

INSTANT GRATIFICATION WEAKENS OUR CHARACTER The faster our world moves, the more diligent we must be to pursue not only success, but character as well. As one writer expressed it: “We all want to be, but few of us are willing to become.” So, are you “weird”? No — I think you’re wise.

the athletes caught in doping scandals, or individuals hoping to lose weight without eating right or exercising. The list could go on and on. A second problem with instant gratification is that it weakens our character. Building success slowly gives us a chance to develop as people. And as our character is strengthened, so is our ability to handle success. Many people have raced to the top, only to lose it all because they lacked the character to handle the responsibility their success demanded.

TEACHING KIDS TO GO BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY Q: What do you think about paying our school-aged children for doing household tasks? As a child, I always received an allowance if I did my chores. But my husband believes that kids need to work without being paid; he says that’s just part of being a family. Danny Huerta, Vice President, Parenting and Youth: There’s no right or wrong answer here. Some parents believe in

paying an allowance, others pay their kids for individual chores. Still others don’t pay anything at all but give their children money for purchases based on their overall attitude and helpfulness. Whatever system you decide to adopt, it’s important to remember that one of your major goals is to prepare your children to live in the “real world” — the world of work, taxes, giving and investments. In that world, nobody is going to pay them for making their beds or taking out the trash. On the other hand, they will be

TO KNOW HIM AND LIVE THAT OTHERS MAY KNOW HIM You will be encouraged, challenged and have opportunity to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ!

Sunday

38 • May 2019

6:00 pm

Worship Service Youth Group / Adult Small Groups

Small groups Developing deep rooted relationships with God and each other Senior / Young Married / College & Career / Teens

102nd Ave N

Say you saw it in the Gulf Coast Family Newspaper

Seminole Blvd

Ulmerton Rd

113th St N

Come Alive!

10:00 am

Bryan Dairy Rd

Park Blvd

Seminole Assembly 10600 113th Street N

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Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

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Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...